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NITI Aayog’s ‘sustainable’ vision for Great Nicobar Island

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  • March 22, 2021
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NITI Aayog’s ‘sustainable’ vision for Great Nicobar Island

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Infrastructure; Environment 

In news

  • More than 150 sq. km. (18%) of land is being made available for Phase I of a NITI Aayog-piloted ‘holistic’ and ‘sustainable’ vision for Great Nicobar Island. 
  • The island is the southernmost in the Andaman and Nicobar group.

Key takeaways 

  • It will cover nearly a quarter of its coastline. 
  • The overall plan envisages the use of a major portion being pristine forest and coastal systems.
  • Projects to be executed include an airport complex, a transshipment port (TSP) at South Bay, a parallel-to-the-coast mass rapid transport system, a free trade zone, and a warehousing complex on the southwestern coast.
  • Nodal agency: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO) 
  • In January 2021, the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) denotified the entire Galathea Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to allow for the port there.

Do you know? 

  • The proposed project areas are important foraging grounds for the Shompen community

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